David’s Sin of Adultery with Bathsheba
and the Consequences that Followed
Be gracious to me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of Thy compassion blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me.
4 Against Thee, Thee only, I have sinned, And done what is evil in Thy sight, So that Thou art justified when Thou dost speak,
And blameless when Thou dost judge. NASB
King David of
Please get your bible out and read through this tragic story!
2 Samuel Chapter 11:1 – 1 It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at
A. Matthew Henry writes – 1-5 Observe the occasions of David’s sin; what led to
it. 1. Neglect of his business. He tarried at
2 Samuel Chapter 11:2 – 2 Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. (NKJV)
A. he saw – David saw. The lust of the eyes swept this man’s life and his family into misery for many years to come. This one temptation, which could have been easily overcome by the way which the Lord afforded to escape it, was the shame of the throne of
1. The offense against God and His love and anointing of David’s crown
2. The shame of Bathsheba
3. The heartbreak and betrayal of Bathsheba at the death of Uriah
4. The betrayal of one of David’s “30 mighty men,” and dear friend, Uriah the Hittite
5. The death of Uriah the Hittite v-2:17
6. The death of the men that fought at Uriah’s side v-2:17
7. The death of Bathsheba and David’s firstborn son
8. The shame of Tamar, David’s daughter, at Amnon’s rape
9. The death of Amnon, son of David, murdered by his brother Absalom
10. The shame of David’s crown, when Absalom lay with David’s wives
11. The shame of David’s deposal from the throne in Absalom’s rebellion
12. The death of Absalom
13. No doubt countless other sins in the implementation of the above
All of these were either a direct or indirect result of David’s adultery and subsequent murder of Uriah, his valiant friend. They came to pass by the hand of the Lord at the prophecy of Nathan, 2 Sam 12:10-12. These great tragedies could have been avoided by the simple putting to death of the lust of the eyes toward Bathsheba. One sin reaps a whirlwind of death and misery. The way of adulteress leads down the paths of death!
2 Samuel Chapter 11:1-27 – Read this section.
A. The progression of sins in this section is tragic and profound. It is a lesson to us all of the tremendous danger and impact of sins. Sin reaps sour wages, every time! It promises something pleasing for the moment, but steals and kills and destroys in the end. It can lead to very great and terrible destruction if it is not stopped.
B. Her we see that even a great man of God can fall under the spell of sin and
temptation. Here we learn to flee from sin, as fast as we can run, and never
ever afford it an opportunity in our lives. Even the strongest and most valiant
men of God can be destroyed, even their families torn by savage wolves as a
result. Sin has deluged the entire human race, let us now flee from it, trusting
God for power, strength and a refuge!
2 Samuel Chapter 12:1-6 – Read this section.
A. It is notable that David’s anger burned against the man in the story, being
seemingly oblivious to his own sin. Oh how we are blinded by sin! We stand
with planks in our eyes critically punishing those around us because of the
specks in their eyes. David’s anger burned, but HE WAS THE MAN!
Oh God grant us humility! Let us cast off foolish judgment and render
according to righteousness.
2 Samuel Chapter 12:7-15 – Read this section.
A. Nathan’s mouth was God’s sword to cut David to bits. The woe of the prophets is a fearful dread! May we find ourselves blameless that we may escape it!
B. Although God did not take David’s sin to his eternal account v-12:13, (because of Christ), David suffered earthly consequences which were far reaching. His sins were wretched and reprehensible. Just how vile were they? This can be estimated in the consequences that followed.
2 Samuel Chapter 12:15-23 – Read this section.
A. The second death in a long list of them, David’s son.
Prov 5:3-5 – For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, And smoother than oil is her speech; 4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of Sheol.
2 Samuel Chapter 13 – Read this section.
A. Amnon rapes Tamar, Absalom kills Amnon. Shame and disgrace, the jewels
on the crown of death! Let us take heed here, lest we fall!
2 Samuel Chapters 14-17 – Read this section.
A. David is deposed from the throne by his own son’s rebellion. And then his son lays with his wives in broad daylight in fulfillment of Nathan’s prophecy v-16:22. Then to top it off, Absalom seeks David’s life. Oh what sorrow and shame must have pierced David’s heart! Here we see the far reaching affects of what began as one simple sin of idleness. Here we may estimate the power of our great enemy SIN!